Why detox? Gentle detoxing can help remove the build-up of
foreign substances and toxins from your fat stores in the body.
These accumulated substances can sap your vitality and can be the
cause of tiredness, headaches, constipation, allergies, low sex
drive, skin problems and excess weight. Having an occasional clean
out can help the body re-gain some of its lost vitality and give
you renewed energy for a fun-filled summer.
Some of the following tips will help you get started:
Cleanse with Water
You should drink between 1 and 2 litres of bottled or filtered
water per day. Drinking plenty of water is an important part of
detoxification that will help cleanse and eliminate toxins from the
body. Avoid fizzy drinks and reduce your tea and coffee intake.
Top Tip = Start your day with a cup of warm water and
lemon to flush out your kidneys. It will zest up the start of your
Out with the Energy Sappers
Increase your energy levels by reducing your caffeine intake.
Caffeine is an anti-nutrient and will rob your body of vital
vitamins and minerals. It can reduce the absorption of iron and
zinc by up to 50%, which can reduce the effectiveness of your
immune system. Caffeine is a stimulant that overworks the adrenal
glands leading to adrenal exhaustion and a more tired you.
Top Tip = Come off the caffeine slowly. Start by reducing the
amount of coffee you drink by half. Experiment with alternatives
such as Red Bush (Rooibosch) tea, Caro coffee alternative and
herbal teas. Don't be put off by your first herbal tea taste, there
are loads to choose from!
Reduce Sweet and Fatty Foods
We all know this, but how many of us have diets high in the
wrong kind of fats and hidden sugars. Read food labels and become
aware of what you are putting into your body. Too many sweet foods
can play havoc with your blood sugar levels, immune system and
mood. Avoid refined white sugar, dextrose, corn syrup and
artificial sweeteners. Use healthier alternatives such as naturally
sweet fruit juice, honey and molasses.
Top Tip = Sweeten your breakfast cereal with fresh fruits.
In the Raw
Try to include one raw food meal each day. This will help
increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant
chemicals. Raw food is also a good source of live enzymes, which
aid in the digestion and processing of food.
Top Tip = Try different ingredients to jazz up your salads such
as grated carrot, shredded red and white cabbage, grated beetroot,
sliced mushrooms, black olives, spring onions, sun-dried tomatoes,
marinated prawns, griddled chicken and small amounts of feta or
Surround yourself with Fresh Fruit and
No excuse now, bright coloured fresh fruit and vegetables are
everywhere and you need to make the most of it. Include salads,
fresh fruit smoothies, chilled vegetable soups, fresh fruit juices,
fruit salads, crudités with guacamole, or hummus dips (see recipes
Top Tip = Snack on chopped vegetables such as carrots, cucumber,
sugar snap peas, broccoli with a low fat dip or serve as
Be Inspired by Colour
When shopping, try to include some form of fresh food in your
basket from every colour of the rainbow. Your basket or trolley
should be brimming with colour and freshness. This will help ensure
you get a wide range of protective nutrients for your body. Try
including berries (purple and red), apples and pears (green),
mangoes (orange), pineapples (yellow). For vegetables try aubergine
and tomatoes (purple and red), spinach (green), sweet potatoes and
butternut squash (orange) and yellow peppers. With regards to the
kids, try to encourage them to help find the colours.
Top Tip = Eat from the rainbow.
Learn to Love the Freedom of the
Get outside more and fill your lungs with fresh air.
Top Tip = summer is the perfect time to try a new form
of exercise and use up all your newly found energy! Try tennis
at Les Quennevais (part of the Active card), a swim in Havre des
Pas pool, cliff-path walking, cycling, jogging or try the new Trim
Trail at Fort Regent.
Mango and Strawberry Fruit Smoothie (2)
1 ripe mango, chopped
1 pint soya milk
4 tbsp low fat Bio or unsweetened soya yogurt
Mixed ground seeds
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If
the consistency is too thick,
then add some filtered water and blend.
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
120ml tahini (sesame seed spread)
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
Puree the chickpeas and other ingredients in
a blender or food processor ingredients to make a creamy
Taste and add more black pepper or lemon
juice if necessary.
Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours
Serve with freshly cut carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli and
cauliflower or as a spread for sandwiches or tortilla wraps.